Bumper year wel­come

Shepparton News - Country News - - NEWS - By Alana Chris­tensen

To­tal win­ter crop pro­duc­tion in Vic­to­ria is es­ti­mated to more than dou­ble in 2016-17 off the back of favourable spring con­di­tions and es­ti­mated high yields.

The Fed­eral Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources re­port is wel­come re­lief for farm­ers, who ex­pe­ri­enced well be­low aver­age yields in the 2015-16 sea­son.

Peter Tuo­hey — who grows wheat, bar­ley, field peas and canola on his prop­erty in Ter­rick East — said it was a great sea­son.

‘‘Crop yields were ex­cep­tion­ally good . . . we fin­ished up rea­son­ably well,’’ he said.

Yet with the good con­di­tions, Mr Tuo­hey ac­knowl­edged there was a plen­ti­ful sup­ply of grain, with many fill­ing up si­los.

‘‘The do­mes­tic mar­ket is pretty quiet, that’s the down­side on such a good year,’’ he said.

While Mr Tuo­hey en­joyed the record year, he recog­nised that fall­ing prices meant the sea­son wasn’t as lu­cra­tive as it could have been.

‘‘I might pre­fer a lit­tle less yield, for bet­ter price. Would mean I’d have to cart less!’’ he said.

‘‘That would prob­a­bly be bet­ter for every­one.’’

While many farm­ers ex­pe­ri­enced bumper crops, many were still at the mercy of the weather.

Hamish Sin­clair from Devenish — who grows wheat, bar­ley, canola and soba beans — said some of his ar­eas un­der­per­formed due to ex­cess wa­ter.

‘‘Ours was a bit of an up and down year this year, it was only an aver­age sea­son for us,’’ he said.

‘‘Our bet­ter drained coun­try per­formed quite well.’’

Mr Sin­clair echoed Mr Tuo­hey’s com­ments on price.

‘‘Prices are also down 25 to 30 per cent which takes the shine off it a lit­tle,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s al­ways next year in our game.’’

Over­all, wheat grow­ers were the big win­ners for the sea­son, with pro­duc­tion ex­pected to have more than dou­bled to 5.2 mil­lion tonnes.

The rise has largely been driven by a 133 per cent in­crease in the aver­age yield, to a record high 3.35 tonnes/ha.

Canola pro­duc­tion is also es­ti­mated to have dou­bled, with more than 700 000 tonnes to have been pro­duced, an es­ti­mated record aver­age yield.

Bar­ley also ex­pe­ri­enced a bumper year, with a 137 per cent jump in pro­duc­tion and an aver­age 3.4 tonnes/ha, while canola pro­duc­tion dou­bled, de­spite a four per cent de­crease in planted area.

More in the Crop­ping and Til­lage fea­ture, with to­day’s Coun­try News.

Ex­cel­lent yield . . . Farm­ers ex­pe­ri­enced a bumper year, with win­ter crop pro­duc­tion es­ti­mated to have dou­bled.

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